Musings on the Week
Musings on the Week
October 5, 2013
Knowledge – “Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.” Ronald Reagan.
Politics – There can be no doubt that the Democrats wanted this federal government shutdown, since both Barack Obama and Harry Reid have declared they will not negotiate.
Politics – The National Mall is a federally owned park with no fences that never closes, but the White House chose to show its pettiness by barricading open-air, unguarded memorials.
Politics – In the Congress, Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have assumed the role of de facto Republican House leaders acting as grassroots opinion leaders of the GOP Representatives.
Politics – Republicans are doing exactly what America wants, because a majority of Americans oppose a government shutdown and a majority oppose ObamaCare.
Politics – The TEA Party remains a grass-roots reform movement that calls for a return to limit central government on the original constitutional model restricting federal authority.
Media – The MSM's declining audience and their waning public trust, mean that Republicans are on good ground contesting Senate Democrats and the paper tiger in the White House.
Media – As new technologies emerge, I expect Twitter will go the way of telephone party
lines doomed by personal privacy issues and a lack of any viable business case.
Knowledge – “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you in trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” Mark Twain / Will Rogers.
Economy – Everyone would like to do everything with unlimited money, but with limited funds priorities must be set, and tradeoffs and cuts must be made despite political agendas.
Budget – Considering their recent fiscal record, maybe we should reclassify Congress as non-essential and furlough them until they pass a balanced budget proposal.
Budget – Absent a Continuing Resolution, Congress can pass funding for urgent parts of the government piece by piece, even not funding Senate salaries until senators participate.
Debt – The government actually reached the debt ceiling about four months ago, financing its monthly budget deficit by stealing/borrowing money from other government funds.
Debt – If the debt ceiling is not raised, the government will have to prioritize its expenses and keep its monthly, weekly, and daily spending under the revenue the government collects.
Jobs –Monthly jobs report has been suspended as part of the federal government shutdown! (Makes as much sense as turning off the headlights at night to conserve the battery.)
Housing – The FHA has quietly asked for a $1.7 billion bailout to stabilize its long-term finances and cover potential losses on a surge in low-down-payment subprime mortgages – Déjà vu?
Housing – The housing market is artificially inflated by hiding the shadow inventory of seriously delinquent and foreclosed properties off the market, and reducing the number of short sales.
Healthcare – After all is said and done, ObamaCare is just a political process to redistribute wealth from those who CAN PAY to those who CAN NOT PAY for their own health care.
Healthcare – Obama’s plan for a single payer healthcare system is right on track, initially establishing Blue Cross Blue Shield as single source, until DHHS assumes full ownership.
Environment – Environmentalists have tried to predict the climate with at least 73 different computer models, but thirty years of observations have proven every prediction wrong.
Welfare – The Obama administration suspended the 20-hour-a-week work requirement for able-bodied adults and a three month limit for food stamps enabling a three year dole.
Justice – As more examples of judicial misconduct accumulate, the next AG must first clean-out the snakepit of partisan, corrupt lawyers hired specifically to advance the leftist agenda.
Debt – I expect that the country’s credit rating will be downgraded again when debt ceiling negotiations fail to cut spending enough to halt deficit spending.
Deficit – I expect one or more states to declare bankruptcy and seek assistance to recover from the bad economic decisions of the past under federal judicial protection.
Housing – I expect that it will take four or more years at the current rate for the backlog of foreclosures to finally clear, before we see any signs of life of a robust housing recovery.
Knowledge – “We’re drowning in information and starving for knowledge.” Rutherford D. Rogers.
Iran – Iranian President Rouhani’s fatwa against nuclear weapons development is classic Taquiyya, which is an allowable religious deception to advance an Islamic objective.
Libya – There is no justice, no accountability for Benghazi with government-sanctioned cover-up and whitewash, and media-sanctioned burial of politically inconvenient scandal.
Israel – I expect that Israel will be attacked by Hamas and the IDF will retaliate by invading and then re-annexing Gaza based on defensible borders and 1920 San Remo Conference.
Israel – I expect that Israel will suffer a nuclear attack from Islamist extremists, and Obama will talk a lot, but stand aside and refuse to help defend this longtime ally.
Asia – I expect that North Korea will attack South Korea and attempt to reunite Korea, and Obama will be “unable” to support our troops and will negotiate for a stalemate.